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United Kingdom Travel Guide
British culture is diverse and has been defined in various ways over the last couple of thousand years, from the invasion of Romans (43 AD) to the Vikings (8th century), Anglo-Scottish battles from the 1200s to 1500s, King Henry (born 1491) the industrial revolution from 1760, the bubonic plague of London, the war of the Roses (north of England, 1455-1487), to the Victorian times (1819-1901), all culminating in 2,000 years worth of rich culture across arts, literature, architecture, theatre, music and comedy.
Not to mention the UK’s reputation and passion for popular sports, which includes football, rugby, athletics, tennis, boxing and cricket. Some of the modern day globally famous sports achievers include the Brownlea Brothers (triathlon), David Beckham (football), the Charlton brothers (football), Chris Eubank (boxing), Lenox Lewis (boxing), Frank Bruno (boxing), Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1), Nigel Mansell (Formula 1) and Andy Murray (tennis) – there are truly too many too list!
Things to do
Starting with Scotland, the Highlands provide some of the most beautiful scenery in the world from its mountains to lochs, from picturesque villages to wildlife and adventure. Then there is the gothic capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh with its history, museums, underground walks, and hundreds-of-year-old pubs. Cross over the border into England and you will have the options of choosing whether to pass through a combination of Northumberland, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors, and seaside towns such as Whitby, the home to the legend of Dracula where the remains of his castle still stand on the cliff overlooking the sea.
Continue south through the Peak District, or head east and pay a visit to East Anglia and the Norfolk Broads. You can pass through Oxford with its more than 1,000 years old university, and continue south to Salisbury where you will see the gothic architecture of Salisbury Cathedral which was built in 1220. From there you are just half an hour away from the phenomenon of Stonehenge, believed to have been constructed around 3,000 BC (ie. 5,000 years ago).
Food & Drink
Traditional British national and local dishes include; fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie, Welsh rarebit, the Cornish pasty, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potato), toad-in-the-hole, the full English breakfast, and a Sunday roast dinner. If you’re in Scotland, must-eat traditional dishes include haggis and tatties and neaps.
However as well as these traditional dishes, the UK food scene is diverse and multicultural, and you’ll find no shortage of Indian, Chinese, Italian, Thai, Spanish tapas, Greek, and other international foods and restaurants anywhere you go.
Traditional pubs are also a popular place for a range of beers, wines, spirits, socialising and serving traditional “pub grub”.